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Spring Bulb Display

On view through May 3, 2015

More than 70,000 tulips, narcissus, crocus, hyacinth and other vibrant stars of the season fill the Conservatory’s gardens and courtyards for a dazzling celebration of spring. 


Learn more about supporting the Conservatory's annual Spring Bulb Display.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

May 16–September 27, 2015

Explore enormous insect sculptures created from fallen or found wood, cut saplings and branches, tree bark and other natural materials. Ten installations include an 18-foot tall praying mantis, a spider’s web that’s four yards wide, and a butterfly with a wingspan broader than average human height. Related family activities are scheduled every weekend.
 
Sponsored by: The Columbus Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council

Hotel Partners: Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown,  The Lofts


Blooms & Butterflies

March 7–September 27, 2015

Spring returns with the emergence of hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies. Watch them take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3pm. Related family activities are scheduled throughout the season.

Sponsored by: Cardinal Health Foundation, Giant Eagle, Honda of America Mfg., Inc


Life on the Leaf Edge

May 16–September 27, 2015

New England based naturalist and artist Samuel Jaffe captures the art of survival of native caterpillars, pupae and moths through high detail photography. Displayed in the Conservatory’s Cardinal Health Gallery, each piece calls attention to the survival techniques and defensive adaptations of these remarkable and beautiful creatures.

Bonsai Show

April 11–September 27, 2015

The Conservatory’s bonsai collection is showcased among a serene display of tropical plantings in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Enjoy tropical and hardy bonsai and explore the history and technique of these horticultural works of art.


Bonsai Saturdays
Members of the Columbus Bonsai Society answer questions and demonstrate bonsai care.
Saturdays, 1–4pm

Scary Plants

October 3–November 15, 2015

This botanical take on the Halloween season featured imaginative, immersive horticulture displays, and pumpkin carvings like you have never seen before. Nationally exhibited artists from Villafane Studios carve humorous, weird and wild characters for display in the Cardinal Health Gallery.

Merry & Bright

November 21, 2015–January 3, 2016

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory.